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Bradley joined the organization in February 2000 as grants administrator and office administrator. Four years later, he stepped in as interim executive director, leading the agency through the purchase of its current location while also launching the successful Shopping With Friends fundraising event.
When the board approached Bradley about applying for the executive director position, he jumped at the opportunity. Bradley lost his brother to AIDS in early 1990s, so the work he does every day is close to his heart.
Bradley took over as executive director in 2004, leading the agency in expansion of services.. Expanding the agency’s work remains his mission today while also raising awareness and funds for the many services Palmetto Community Care provides.
Jill became a volunteer in 1993 with Palmetto Community Care and joined the staff in March, 2004 as the Business Manager, overseeing accounting, human resources, budgeting and grants management. Since then, the job title has changed and PCC’s workforce has increased, but her primary purpose remains the same: to provide a positive and impactful means to support both the agency’s clients and its hard-working staff.
Jill has a bachelor’s degree from Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Va. She enjoys kayaking the Lowcountry waterways and going to music festivals and bluegrass jams with her husband, Kenny. She recently decided to learn the guitar and is hopeful to be playing it around a campfire very soon.
Since joining the team in February 2011, Ashley has been responsible for implementing, managing and evaluating all the programs and services. She is passionate about the agency’s mission and believes in its work making a positive difference in the lives of the clients.
Prior to earning her social work degree, Ashley spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa, where her primary focus was community development and health education. While earning her master of social work at Boston University, she interned at Big Sisters and facilitated healthy life choices groups for at-risk adolescent girls in Boston public schools and housing projects.
Ashley also worked for the Nantucket AIDS Network as the manager of community education and outreach as later as director of programs and services.
Having been touched directly by the loss of a close family member from HIV/AIDS, Janice was drawn to Palmetto Community Care with a desire to help and serve. She’s passionate about the mission and works daily to deliver compassion, dignity and kindness to those coming into the organization.
A former nurse and women’s health care director, Janice is a Charleston native who enjoys spending time with her large family, fishing, crabbing and exploring the beaches of Kiawah with her dogs.
Jennifer works as the Medical Case Manager Program Manager at Palmetto Community Care. She started with the agency in 2007 as a case manager and previously worked in prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted infections and teen pregnancy. Hearing the stigma associated with HIV, Jennifer says she knew she would be successful in educating anyone willing to listen to the facts. She prides herself on her knowledge and access to community resources and being able to connect clients to needed services.
She earned her masters of social work from Virginia Commonwealth University along with a certificate in nonprofit management and received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. When not working, Jennifer enjoys making people laugh, the sunny beach and spending time with family and friends.
Gillian began working at Palmetto Community Care in 2013 as a Medical Case Manager. Before moving to Charleston, Gillian studied Child and Family Studies, receiving her Bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York at Oneonta. She then pursued her Master of Social Work degree at The State University of New York at Stony Brook. Gillian obtained her Master of Social Work licensure in 2013 and as of 2020, she is now a Licensed Independent Social Worker.
Gillian started her career on the preventative side of HIV at an Infectious Disease clinic in New York. She enjoyed being able to provide adolescents with tools and resources to help them make their own educated decisions. Gillian is now the Lead Medical Case Manager at PCC. She hopes to be able to continue to use the knowledge that she has gained to effectively guide and assist Medical Case Managers in order to better serve our clients.
In her spare time, Gillian likes to snuggle up with a good book and her Pug, Remy.
Since joining the team in March 2011, April has focused on increasing the quality of care and quality of life of persons living with HIV/AIDS by helping clients make informed decisions based on their needs, abilities, resources and personal preferences. In addition, she assists with the cost of care though coordinated services as well as working on the implementation and growth of client support groups. April is a co-facilitator for WILLOW (Women In Life Learning from Other Women) and an all-women’s support group as well as a Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) case manager.
With a bachelor’s degree from Voorhees College and a master’s degree from South Carolina State University, April is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Taryn joined PCC in 2017 and is currently a Medical Case Manager, Food Pantry Manager, HIPAA Compliance Office and Intern Supervisor for Master Social Work Students. She received her BSW from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL in 2008 & her MSW at University of South Carolina in 2009. As a Licensed Independent Social Worker Clinical Practioner with over 12 years of case management experience, Taryn is compassionate in serving those who are vulnerable adults. She has a special interest in geriatrics and medial social work.
Taryn loves working for a nonprofit that helps those who are overlooked in the community. “I am fascinated by how an agency such as this one works to help the community. They fundraise, receive grants, and make a huge impact on the lives of those living with HIV,” she says.
Taryn loves kayaking, traveling and spending time with her family.
Tearra has been working in the field of human services and social work in Charleston for more than 10 years. As a medical case manager at Palmetto Community Care, Tearra meets with HIV-positive individuals to assess their overall needs and ultimately providing them with education about their disease, risk management, medical and medication compliance services.
Tearra earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina in 2016 and has worked in a variety of positions, including as a mental health professional for Community Resource Solutions and a case manager at 180 Place.
Tearra says she is the “first line of defense” in connecting clients with core services and her mission is to make an impact on each individual with the upmost respect, compassion and endless dignity.
Tearra is a mom of three who loves to travel.
As a medical case manager at Palmetto Community Care, Ebony works closely with clients living with HIV/AIDS, helping coordinate their medical treatment and counseling as well as financial support, client advocacy and a host of other services.
The most gratifying part of her job is building bonds with her clients. “Their life experiences not only inspire me on the job, but in my personal life as well,” she says.
She hopes others will understand that being diagnosed with HIV does not mean your life is over. With treatment, you can live a healthy life for many years, and reduce your chances of transmitting HIV if taken consistently and correctly.
Before joining Palmetto Community Care, Ebony was a nutritionist for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. When she’s not working, Ebony enjoys watching movies with her husband and children.
Clint joined the organization in October 2015, working with the team to plan, organize, direct and lead the personnel and work process of the quality improvement program. He also ensures all staff members’ documentation and data reports are accurate and meet funding guidelines.
Clint previously worked with the organization before moving to Hawaii. Once he returned to South Carolina, Clint says he was eager to pick back up in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The most gratifying part of his job at Palmetto Community Care is watching his coworkers and the clients of PCC working together to change lives, communities and attitudes for those living with HIV, Clint says. “We also plant seeds that help some people make the right decisions to prevent new HIV infections.”
Jarmel joined the team in April 2017 to co-facilitate an intervention program called 3MV (Many Men Many Voices) for HIV-negative African-American men who sleep with men. Jarmel is also part of the Palmetto Community Care prevention team certified by the S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control to complete HIV testing. p>
“Having friends who have been diagnosed with HIV it is very important to me to be a part of the change,” he says. He’s using his role in HIV prevention to educate people in the community about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections with they hope they will use the information to protect themselves and others.
Previously, Jarmel worked as a residential coordinator for people with disabilities. In his free time, he enjoyed Southern cooking and spending time with his family in Orangeburg. He also has two spoiled dogs, Omega and Cookie, who like to cuddle up with Jarmel and watch their favorite TV show, “The Golden Girls.”
Elmer started as a volunteer with Palmetto Community Care before joining the staff as a HIV tester and counselor. He administers HIV and STI tests while also providing education on HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. Elmer said it does his heart good to know he’s making a difference in the community by being part of something greater than himself.
Elmer is retired from the U.S. Air Force having served during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He also spent 20 years as a licensed practical nurse in Southern California, bringing to Palmetto Community Care his vast experience in patient care.
When he’s not working, Elmer’s spending time with his family, including several nieces and nephews as well as reading, listening to music and traveling.
Maggie was eager to join Palmetto Community Care because they're drawn to community organizing centered around sexual health and removing stigmas. “I enjoy making connections where it matters and seeing our resources make a difference in the community,” they say.
Maggie has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina. They previously lived in Atlanta, where they managed college bookstores. In their personal time there, they partnered with the international movement “Meet Us On the Streets” and helped create the Slutwalk Atlanta group to combat street harassment and raise awareness about consent on and off the streets.
Jamie oversees the specialized outreach program, helping link clients who have fallen out of medical care back into care. She has worked in HIV care for more than a dozen years. Jamie lost a friend to HIV in 1997 and says she decided no one should have to deal with HIV alone. She previously worked for the Ryan White Program in the Myrtle Beach area and is happy to once again be working directly with clients.
“Knowing that I am making a difference not only with those affected, but also within the community as well is the most gratifying part of my job,” she says. “Palmetto Community Care is very mission driven and that, to me, is very important.”
When she’s not working, Jamie enjoys yoga, reading or a nice glass of wine.
As an outreach specialist, Latrelle works with those living with HIV, encouraging them to re-engage with their medical care and treatment services. She was eager to join the team at Palmetto Community Care as a way to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by this disease and to help make the community more aware of HIV.
Latrelle says the most gratifying part of her job is “helping those affected with HIV/AIDS who have fallen out of case management and medical services, reconnect with support services and to prevent to prevent new HIV infections.”
She previously worked for the Charleston County Department of Social Services and for the Lutheran Services Carolinas.
Aaron focuses on locating those clients who have fallen out of case management and medical services, so they can be reconnected with support services. Aaron also works to determine why those clients disconnected from the agency to identify any problems or barriers to service.
Aaron joined the organization “to have a direct and meaningful impact in enriching the lives of African Americans and those similarly disproportionately affected by this epidemic.”
Aaron has a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and previously was in the U.S. Army and worked for Goodwill Industries and Charleston County Human Services. He is an avid golfer and fisherman, a vestry member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and has five grandchildren.
Michael Luciano wears many hats but all his responsibilities have one goal: to bring about education and awareness of HIV/AIDS. Michael developed a HIV 101 course in early 2012 that has since grown into a detailed presentation – “HIV Self-Management & Self Advocacy” – that is presented monthly to new Palmetto Community Care clients.
Michael works with other staff members as a peer-facilitator for the Healthy Relationships program as well as helping coordinate the Shanti LIFE (Learning Immune Function Enhancement) program, an intensive 12-week educational program that explores 26 different co-factors to health.
Donna volunteered for years before joining the team in March 2017. She facilitates a program called Willow (Woman in Life Learning from other Woman) and assists with lunch ‘n learns and support groups. She also provides education for newly diagnosed clients plus those clients who have fallen out of medical care.
“I’m very passionate when it comes to HIV/AIDS, since I’ve been living with it for over 25 years,” Donna says. “Surviving the earlier years when it was a death sentence made me what to give back, pay forward and use my experience to educate the community.”
Donna also is an alumnae of the 2020 Leading Women’s Society and a member of Positive Advocacy Committee as well as the Consumer Advisory Boards for PCC and the Medical University of South Carolina.